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Linnie Frank Bailey
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Linnie Frank Bailey is a writer, blogger, journalist, published author and inspirational speaker. She has developed a distinct ‘voice’ that readers find refreshing.

Drawing from her own daily life experiences, Bailey 'tells it like it is' whether the subject is business, politics, parenthood, religion, or relationships.

Her writing is published both online and in print, and she has appeared on television and radio.

Her subjects include: African-American issues; politics; education; technology; and parenting.

In 2008, Linnie was a field organizer for the Obama campaign and was an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She was also a delegate for the 2012 DNC and led the grassroots group Obama Riverside.

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Entries by Linnie Frank Bailey

Celebrating Sixty!

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 11:04 PM

In addition to enjoying my 60th birthday on November 28th, I'm going to celebrate the entire year by getting to know 60 people a whole lot better.

A 60th birthday is indeed something to pause and acknowledge because not everybody makes it, and some that do haven't done much during...

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Biden and the Black Vote: More Than a Matter of Faith

(10) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 3:27 AM

If he runs for President, will Joe Biden have to dance the 'Nae Nae' to capture the African-American vote?

Or, does he have to get 'The Nod' from his boss and buddy Barack Obama to be considered by black voters?

My answer is NO to both questions because each...

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New Program Introduces Young Black Men to Technology

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 5:42 PM

Loden Harris, an African-American middle-schooler, has a message for the world: 'There are young black males in Baltimore who are preparing to make a difference in the technical world!'

Along with 40 other young black men from his city, Loden recently participated in a program designed to introduce STEM...

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Is Joe Biden the 'Uniter' We Need?

(5) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 6:57 PM

I am hearing the word 'fight' used a lot as candidates prepare for the 2016 primary and general elections. The usual phrase is, "I will fight for YOU!" It makes me wonder, "Has our government become a fight club?"

I am reminded of school days where kids would gather in...

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I Hope Joe Biden Runs for President

(3) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 7:00 PM

I hope Joe Biden runs for President.

It is likely he will not, and no one would blame him for wanting to eschew the rigors of a campaign. The recent lost of his son may have convinced him to just finish out his term as VP, and spend his remaining...

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B.B. King, Bobby Bland, and a Night to Remember

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 8:19 AM

There was a time when many young, upwardly-mobile, African-Americans would deny their blues heritage. However, even when we weren't there for them, and their audiences consisted mostly of young white kids, blues legends like B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland, kept it real.... giving their hearts and souls at performances...

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News Today Is Gone Tomorrow

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 3:56 PM

We no longer have news; instead, we have trends. And, one thing we can be sure of -- what is trending today, no matter how earth-shattering or horrific, will most likely not be trending a few days later.

We can select our news: what we want to follow, see,...

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The 2012, 2014, 2016 Elections -- What About the Moms?

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 1:49 PM

During the 2012 election cycle, the online gathering place for mothers, CafeMom, attended the national conventions of both the Republican and Democratic parties. During convention week, in conjunction with CNN Headline News, they put together a panel of moms to discuss if their issues were being addressed.

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The O.J. Case: 'Wink, Wink'

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 7:42 PM

I had seen him working the grounds of the Orlando resort property where I was staying with my mom and my then-4-year-old son. He never acknowledged us. He didn't even look our way although I was sure he saw us on numerous occasions.

I thought this was...

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Washington Watch: "Summertime and Condoleezza for President?"

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 7:38 PM

After a relatively quiet Spring, things are heating up in Washington even though it's not officially summer yet. As we move toward the 2014 mid-term elections in November, and Republicans aim to take control of the Senate, we can be assured there will be no shortage of accusations, investigations, resignations,...

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You've Got Friends! Really?

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2014 | 8:46 PM

Drawing the line between friends and acquaintances is easier in the real world than the digital one. Online, we quickly accept friend requests, sometimes not even knowing the person who sent it.

If we take a look at our friend lists and circles, we may see many people we've...

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Washington Watch: "GOP Betting Against Obamacare?"

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 7:22 PM

The GOPers in the House are going for the gold -- voting for the 50th time to repeal Obamacare!

There are so many pending issues that need attention from our legislators (and isn't this why we send them to Washington?) Let's see....immigration reform, women's rights (fair wages), job...

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Washington Watch: 'Who's Your Lame Duck?'

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 2:10 PM

Are the Republicans in Congress determined to bestow upon President Obama "lame duck" status?

Since they won back the House in 2010, it sure seems like it.

Within the political realm, the term lame duck generally refers to a politician who is about to leave office and is awaiting a...

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Washington Watch: 'Christening Christie'

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 1:02 PM

The whispers concerning New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are changing in tone and scope. It was only a few months ago that pro-Christie whispers were coming from some Democrats who believed Christie might be worth supporting in the presidential race.

This was reminiscent of the Obama whispers from Republicans...

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Washington Watch: "Bridging the Internet Gap"

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 6:42 PM

The Internet Gap, or the more commonly used phrase The Digital Divide, persists despite almost 75% of American homes now having Internet access.

This week, the Census Bureau released its 2012 report: Computer and Internet Access in the United States. The data has been collected since 1984, and...

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Washington Watch: "Obama (Gently) Smacks-Down Congress"

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 8:04 PM

President Barack Obama delivered his 5th State of the Union (SOTU) address with a style and tone reminiscent of his early presidential campaign years. He spoke of unifying themes and appealed to our greatness as a nation. The Republicans seemed confused as to when to applaud and stand, and tellingly...

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Washington Watch: 'Obama, Where Are You?'

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 7:20 PM

The new year in Washington promises more of the same gridlock and partisan politics that have dominated for many years. If the president thought his reelection would end the Republican stubbornness and insistence on getting nothing done, he was wrong.

This year, we hear Republicans are ready to vote another...

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November 22, 1963: Memories of a Negro Child from Oakland

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 2:27 PM

We were Negro back then. It took me awhile to realize when the TV newsmen spoke of the Negro race, they meant me, my family, and most of the people in my Oakland neighborhood. For the adults, Negro didn't produce the disdain felt for the other N-word. But then there...

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Washington Watch: "Republican, Heal Thyself"

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 9:08 AM

I'm a life-long Democrat...and, given the current "face" of the Republican Party (Limbaugh, Palin, Trump, Bachmann, Cruz), I won't be changing parties anytime soon. It's too bad because I think we are at our best with a two-party system -- with ideas coming forward instead of threats.

Today however, the...

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Washington Watch: "September 30, 2013"

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 12:00 AM

September 30, 2013 is an important date for the nation's Congressional representatives. The end-of-the-quarter, it also signals the Federal Election Commission (FEC) deadline for collecting contributions for the quarter. The books close on September 30 as far as donations for the quarter.

This year, with a government shutdown and the...

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